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How to keep imported waste out of the Philippines

Jun 08, 2019 - 8:34 PM

The Philippines doesn't take in a lot of foreign waste compared to its neighbors, but it may become a dumping ground of smuggled garbage if the government doesn't act fast

With China and other Asian countries already imposing stricter regulations on importing waste, the Philippines will have to double its efforts in preventing more importation of hazardous waste in the future

Environmental groups step up pressure on gov't to ban waste imports

May 30, 2019 - 3:26 PM

The government is preparing a policy to ban all waste imports, including those meant for recycling. But this is not enough, says Greenpeace

Environmental groups were barred from entering the Subic Bay terminal hours before containers of Canada's waste are set to be shipped out after port authorities received an order from the DFA on Wednesday evening. Photo by Anna Mogato/Rappler

DENR eyes total ban on waste imports

May 24, 2019 - 8:00 PM

The government has had enough of misdeclared shipment carrying garbage entering the country's ports

Authorities at the Mindanao Container Terminal intercepted a container from Hong Kong carrying electronic waste. These were misdeclared as assorted electronix accessories. Photo from EcoWaste Coalition

Philippines eyes pork exports to China

May 02, 2019 - 12:30 PM

(UPDATED) Agiculture Secretary Manny Piñol discusses the possibility with Chinese Consul General Li Lin as China continues to deal with its African swine fever crisis

A butcher carrying a newly slaughter pig on his back for delivery at the Commonwealth Market in Quezon City on Monday, January 7, 2019. The Philippines has banned the entry of pork and pork-based products form China, Belgium, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia and Ukraine, to prevent the spread of African swine fever in piggeries in the country, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol announced. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Faster importation of rice seen under tariffication law

Apr 29, 2019 - 3:20 PM

The removal of the National Food Authority from the importation process is expected to cut the time needed to process import permits

Imported rice from Vietnam has arrived and are being unloaded and being readied for distribution at the NFA Warehouse in Quezon City. People have been lining up in NFA outlets waiting for supplies to sold at the markets. September 4, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Malacañang offers P10M for capture of Eduardo Acierto

Apr 29, 2019 - 1:05 PM

Because of this large bounty from the Palace, the Department of Justice is no longer offering its own reward money for Eduardo Acierto and will use its funds to find the ex-cop's protectors instead

Interview with Eduardo Acierto

Ex-cop Acierto ordered arrested by Manila court over shabu shipment

Apr 24, 2019 - 11:52 AM

The Manila Regional Trial Court issues arrest warrants against Acierto and 7 others

INCOGNITO. Eduardo Acierto surfaces after months of hiding. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Trump to end waivers on Iran oil imports – White House

Apr 22, 2019 - 9:23 PM

'This decision is intended to bring Iran's oil exports to zero, denying the regime its principal source of revenue,' the White House says in a statement

TRUMP AND IRAN. US President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable meeting with conservative leaders at the White House on January 23, 2019. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

DOJ indicts ex-cop Acierto over magnetic lifters shabu case

Apr 17, 2019 - 6:16 PM

Dismissed PDEA deputy chief Ismael Fajardo and resigned customs intel officer Jimmy Guban are also indicted for drug importation

INDICTED. Controversial ex-cop Eduardo Acierto is indicted for drug importation over intercepted magnetic lifters which were found to have contained shabu in 2018. File photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Philippine exports drop, imports rise in February 2019

Apr 11, 2019 - 12:35 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippines' balance of trade in goods increased to a $2.79-billion deficit, from a $2.54-billion deficit year-on-year

Next in line: Sugar import liberalization

Apr 02, 2019 - 10:04 AM

After the government manages to speedily pass the Rice Tariffication law, will the same be said for sugar?

Loads of sugarcane cut in the latter part of the harvesting season are hauled by trucks closer to the opening of the milling facility of First Farmers Holdings Corp. in Talisay, Negros Occidental. Photo by Anna Mogato/Rappler

Antitrust body to aid DA in onion cartel probe

Mar 29, 2019 - 4:31 PM

The Philippine Competition Commission says it will 'examine whether there are competition concerns in the onion industry'

ONIONS FOR SALE. Local onions sold at a public market. Photo by Judgefloro/Wikimedia Commons

DA suspends onion importation

Mar 22, 2019 - 10:04 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says he has asked the Philippine Competition Commission and the National Bureau of Investigation to look into a cartel whose operations are affecting onion farmers in Nueva Ecija

Bureau of Customs chief Isidro Lapeña shows to members of the media the smuggled onions amounting to P4.5 million hidden behind boxes of mugs inside three 40-foot containers intercepted at the Port of Manila on June 11, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong

Manila court denies bail for Taguba, importer in P6.4-B shabu case

Mar 14, 2019 - 7:55 PM

'There is still a long way to go and there will also be other evidence that will eventually be presented by the parties,' says the court

NO BAIL. Customs fixer Mark Taguba has been denied bail in the drug importation charges related to the P6.4 billion shabu case. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Senate to look into planned deregulation of sugar imports

Mar 10, 2019 - 8:10 PM

This comes after a number of senators passed a resolution opposing the plan of some economic managers to liberalize sugar imports

Gov't must listen to stakeholders before deregulating sugar imports – Piñol

Feb 22, 2019 - 4:55 PM

'They said that this hampers the capability of local processors to compete,' says Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol

DTI, antitrust body to strengthen market competition in new partnership

Feb 15, 2019 - 8:20 PM

The long-overdue partnership is expected to produce studies scrutinizing the competitiveness of various industries

Philippine exports, imports nosedive in December 2018

Feb 12, 2019 - 4:05 PM

The Philippine Statistics Authority says both imports and exports shrank in December 2018. Overall, the country's trade gap is now at its widest in history.

Gov't body, producers reject sugar import liberalization

Feb 05, 2019 - 11:49 AM

'It is alarming to note that this decision to liberalize sugar importation stemmed from a collegial body which means all economic planners are into this,' says Sugar Regulatory Administration board member Emilio Yulo

Duterte asked to veto provisions in rice tariffication bill

Feb 04, 2019 - 5:30 PM

Various groups in the rice industry urge President Rodrigo Duterte to veto provisions which they say would lead to loss of jobs

VETO SOUGHT. Various sectors under the rice industry call for President Rodrigo Duterte to veto provisions in the rice tariffication bill, which only needs his signature to become a law. Photo by Anna Mogato/Rappler

Gov't to deregulate sugar imports in 2019

Jan 16, 2019 - 10:52 AM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the move will 'put pressure on the domestic economy to compete with the rest of the world'

DEREGULATE. The Philippine government will be relaxing restrictions on sugar imports in 2019. Rappler file photo

A Staple Problem? History of rice crisis in the Philippines

Dec 19, 2018 - 11:00 AM

While the Philippines is known for its agricultural lands, the country continues to face recurring rice crises over the years

Mike Harris tops Romeo Travis for Best Import plum

Dec 12, 2018 - 7:34 PM

The 35-year-old reinforcement has stamped his mark this season, leading Alaska to its first PBA finals appearance since 2014


National Museum declares Post Office Building 'important cultural property'

Nov 24, 2018 - 10:56 AM

The Post Office Building, built in 1926, may now receive government funding for its protection, conservation, and restoration

#AskTheTaxWhiz: Taxes for importers

Oct 19, 2018 - 9:40 AM

The Philippine Tax Whiz explains the taxes that importers should pay, including the value-added tax on imported goods and certain exemptions

FACILITATING DELIVERY. The Bureau of Customs hopes that raising the de minimis value will help speed up the processing of shipments. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Duterte wants Chinese-Filipino businessman to head NFA

Oct 09, 2018 - 9:07 PM

A Chinese-Filipino who has been in the rice business for 'maybe 20 years' may soon be named National Food Authority administrator by President Rodrigo Duterte

Imported rice from Vietnam has arrived and are being unloaded and being readied for distribution at the NFA Warehouse in Quezon City. People have been lining up in NFA outlets waiting for supplies to sold at the markets. September 4, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

After Dominguez-Piñol 'showdown,' Duterte OKs 'open' rice importation

Oct 09, 2018 - 1:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte sides with Finance Secretary Sonny Dominguez who pushed for lifting restrictions on rice importation and letting market forces decide rice supply

Goodbye bukbok? Gov’t to inspect imported rice before shipment to PH

Oct 03, 2018 - 5:15 PM

A Department of Agriculture-National Food Authority team will check rice shipments at the source, to ensure the quality of the imported grains to be sold to Filipino consumers

Sri Lanka restricts car imports as currency crashes

Sep 30, 2018 - 4:30 AM

The Sri Lankan rupee has lost more than 10% of its value against the US dollar this year

Duterte cuts red tape in importing agricultural products

Sep 25, 2018 - 12:32 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte signs Administrative Order No. 13, removing non-tariff barriers in the importation of agricultural products

IMPORTATION. President Rodrigo Duterte orders the cutting of red tape in importing agricultural products. File photo by AFP

After Piñol slams rice imports, PH to import 1 million MT of rice in 2019

Sep 24, 2018 - 9:45 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol previously said the Philippines would have a rice problem if the country relied on imports to meet demand for the staple

Trump's tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports kick in

Sep 24, 2018 - 5:09 PM

The latest volley against Beijing brings the amount of goods hit by duties to more than $250 billion, roughly half China's US exports, with American consumers set to increasingly feel the pain

TRUMP'S TARIFFS. In this file photo taken on September 11, 2018 US President Donald Trump speaks to members of the press following a briefing on Hurricane Florence in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC.  Photo by Zach Gibson/AFP

TNT taps Marqus Blakely as Governors' Cup import

Sep 10, 2018 - 12:57 PM

The KaTropa look to turn around a dismal start in the Governors' Cup by bringing in the former Best Import

BACK AT IT. Marqus Blakely returns to the PBA after two years. File photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler


NFA declares Thai rice shipment in Albay 'bukbok-free'

Aug 31, 2018 - 5:55 PM

NFA-Bicol director Henry Tristeza leads a taste test of the fumigated rice which will be distributed all over Bicol region

TASTE TEST. NFA Bicol director Henry Tristeza samples cooked rice taken from the fumigated NFA rice shipment from Thailand on August 31, 2018. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Makabayan lawmakers seek House probe into bukbok rice importation

Aug 29, 2018 - 1:49 PM

The progressive legislators argue Filipino taxpayers deserve to know how much of their money was spent for the importation of rice infested with weevil or 'bukbok'

BUKBOK RICE. Makabayan legislators want the House of Representatives to investigate the bukbok rice importation. Photo from Shutterstock

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Aug 27, 2018 - 8:19 PM

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Piñol wants special rice imports for Zambasulta area

Aug 27, 2018 - 1:40 PM

The proposal comes after Zamboanga City and Basilan both declared a state of calamity over rice prices reaching as high as P70 per kilo

MORE IMPORTS. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol wants more rice imports to solve the rice crisis in Zamboanga and Basilan. Photo from Piñol's Facebook page

BFAR: No formalin-tainted galunggong in Metro Manila markets

Aug 24, 2018 - 6:05 PM

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources says it found no formalin-tainted galunggong in the Balintawak Market, Farmer's Market in Cubao, and Navotas Fish Port

HARVEST. A fish vendor sold round scad locally known as galunggong at P140 per kilo at the Market (Talipapa) at Brgy. Tandang Sora in Quezon City on Friday, August 17, 2018.Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

U.S., China swap tariffs on billions in goods as sides hold talks

Aug 23, 2018 - 12:55 PM

The latest action completes the first round of $50 billion in Chinese products that President Donald Trump targeted with Beijing striking back at American products dollar-for-dollar at each step

TRADE WARS. In this file photo, China's President Xi Jinping (L) and US President Donald Trump attend a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 9, 2017. File photo Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Galunggong imported from China may come from West Philippine Sea

Aug 22, 2018 - 8:30 AM

'Of course, the prices will be more expensive now when imported, even if that is possibly our fish,' says Fisheries Undersecretary Eduardo Gongona

IMPORTS. A fish vendor sells round scad or galunggong.Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler


Filipina importer in P6.4-B shabu case denied bail

Aug 14, 2018 - 3:15 PM

The 4 Chinese and 2 Taiwanese nationals charged are still at large

Eirene Mae Tatad, one of Mark Taguba's co-accused in the P6.4B shabu shipment from China is presented by members of National Bureau of Investigation during press briefing on February 2, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Congress to suspend session so Duterte can lower tariffs on fish, corn

Aug 13, 2018 - 5:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to sign this August an executive order reducing the tariffs on fish and corn, says House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya

SUSPENSION TO ADDRESS INFLATION. The 17th Congress will adjourn session between August 16 to 27, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

South Korean firms caught importing coal, iron from North – Seoul

Aug 10, 2018 - 3:55 PM

News of the apparent breach comes after a UN report last week accused the North of evading sanctions by continuing to export coal, iron, and other commodities

Coal shipment stock photo from Shutterstock

Weak peso fails to lift Philippine exports in June 2018

Aug 08, 2018 - 7:50 PM

The Philippine Statistics Authority says the country posted a wider year-on-year trade deficit in June after imports rose to their fastest pace

TRADE GAP. The Philippines posts a wider year-on-year trade deficit in June. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Arroyo 'not advocating' lower tariffs on meat

Aug 08, 2018 - 5:52 PM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo says the proposal was discussed with economic managers but the Department of Agriculture is against it

INFLATION WOES. Speaker Gloria Arroyo clarifies she does not support reducing taxes on imported meat products to help ease inflation. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Rice imports fail to tame inflation in July 2018

Aug 07, 2018 - 1:30 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine Statistics Authority says rice inflation rose to 5% in July. The average price of regular milled rice is over P41 per kilo.

RICE TARIFFS. Farmers and advocacy groups  say rice tariffication will not solve the country's rice problems. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Customs bureau files cases vs more 'ukay-ukay' importers

Aug 05, 2018 - 11:48 AM

'This is to show our unrelenting drive to run after the smugglers who are trying to cheat the government,' says Bureau of Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña

FIGHTING SMUGGLING. Customs officials file smuggling cases against 5 trading companies on August 3, 2018. Photo by Bureau of Customs

Justin Brownlee takes home first Best Import plum

Aug 03, 2018 - 7:04 PM

The Barangay Ginebra reinforcement edges San Miguel's Renaldo Balkman and Rain or Shine's Reggie Johnson for the award

FIRST. Justin Brownlee wins his first Best Import of the Conference plum in 4 tours of duty in the PBA. Photo from PBA Images


Trump threatens to raise tariffs on Chinese goods to 25%, up from 10%

Aug 01, 2018 - 6:09 PM

(UPDATED) Officials downplay suggestions the move is intended to compensate for the recent decline in the value of the Chinese currency

TRUMP TARIFFS. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump looks on during a rally in Elkhart, Indiana on May 10, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Philippines' trade deficit widens by 47.6% in May 2018

Jul 10, 2018 - 2:15 PM

The Philippine Statistics Authority says the country's imports further increased by 11.4%, while exports slumped by 3.8%

TRADE GAP. The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reports a wider trade gap in May 2018. AFP photo